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May 2012 BTA Board Planning Retreat

Warm sunny Saturdays in May are a premium to us all so what is it that compels 10 individuals to give up a good portion of their day and gather inside (a 5 hr drive for some) for a planning and vision session?

 The Banadad cross country ski trail, sitting silently 290 miles NE of the meeting site, was the compelling reason that the Banadad Trail Association (BTA) board members and participants gathered around the conference table that day. They met at Black Bear Crossings in the historic Como lakeside pavilion in St Paul on Saturday May 19, 2012. The full day session gave the group a chance to share committee reports including trail updates, membership, and finance as well as discuss the organization’s vision for the future and complete a SWOT analysis – strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in maintaining the viability of the trail.

Linda Bosma facilitates a BTA discussion with the group

Linda Bosma facilitates a BTA discussion with the group

 Board Chair Linda Bosma facilitated the meeting with participants that included board members Andy Jenks, Peter Spink, Wayne Monsen, Chris Matter, Karla Miller, John & Barb Bottger as well as former board member and current trail coordinator Tom Rice and contracted trail foreman Ted Young, owner of Boundary Country Trekking.

The shared vision for sustaining the Banadad Trail includes trail improvements, ongoing maintenance, increased membership and awareness of the trail, further fund development, developing improved trail maps, ongoing budgeting and grant management. There are immediate action plans for trail improvements. The trail committee has scheduled May 30th to flag and compile a GPS record for preparation of a possible easement in the needed re-routing of the trail at the West end and an improved safer trail head parking area.

So while many talents and accomplishments were evidenced by each of the committee reports shared, there is much more to accomplish as evidenced by the task lists now in hand. Further looking ahead as current board members near the end of their term (but not the end of their involvement), the Banadad Trail Association realizes a greater need for new engaged individuals interested in contributing to the future viability of the Banadad trail.  

Like many others who have contributed through membership or active involvement, we all hold a piece of trail experience deep in our hearts that draws us back each year. It motivates us to offer continued support of the Banadad in making sure that the unique 28 km single tracked wilderness ski trail will continue to be there in the future.

May 2012 BTA Planning Retreat Participants

May 2012 BTA Planning Retreat Participants